The 55th Annual Grammy Awards have wrapped up and, as predicted, Australia’s own Gotye was a big winner. During the pre-telecast awards, Gotye took out Best Alternative Album for Making Mirrors and Best Pop Performance Duo with Kimbra for Somebody That I Used To Know.
Later in the evening, Prince turned up looking like a sinister pimp with a sweet-ass cane to present Gotye and Kimbra with Record Of The Year. That makes Gotye the first Australian to take the award since Olivia Newton-John with I Honestly Love You in 1975, and the first Aussie male ever to receive the accolade. Sportsbet proved right on the money, listing Gotye as the odds-on favourite. Sportsbet proved right on the money, listing Gotye as the odds-on favourite.
Other winners included Mumford & Sons, whose second album Babel took the big one, Album Of The Year. The band was presented the award by last year’s winner Adele, with the band joking of Adele’s dominance at the 2012 Grammys.
The Black Keys were awarded Best Rock Album for El Camino, while single Lonely Boy earned Best Rock Song. Best New Artist went to Fun., Frank Ocean beat out Chris Brown for Best Urban Contemporary Album, while Brown remained seated during Ocean’s standing ovation. Best Rap Album honors were given to Take Care by Drake.
Performance-wise, Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Sting joined forces onstage along with Ziggy and Damian Marley to pay tribute to their father Bob Marley. Sting took the opportunity to play one of his own reggae numbers, Walking On The Moon.
Justin Timberlake made his long-awaited return to the Grammy’s stage, performing two songs. Opening with Suit & Tie, Timberlake was joined onstage by Jay-Z who casually walked up from his front row seat. Next Timberlake sang Pusher Love Girl from The 20/20 Experience, which was recently debuted at DirecTV’s Super Bowl-eve Bash.
Closing out the ceremony in colossal fashion was Grammys host LL Cool J joined by Public Enemy number one Chuck D, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker and Z Trip. The star-studded lineup brought the show to a close, playing a song titled Whaddup.